Friday, July 01, 2005

A worse evil?


Both the BBC and France Inter reporting (30 Jun): some of the former US hostages claim to recognize the new President-elect of Iran as one of the group holding them back in 1979. It is strange that the BBC haven't linked this with the memories of their own world affairs editor:
I realised where I must have seen him: in the former American embassy in Tehran. Ahmadinejad was a founder of the group of young activists who swarmed over the embassy wall and held the diplomats and embassy workers hostage for 444 days.
The BBC WS had an interview with an American hawk, commenting on the result of the election:  right at the end he said something about us needing to support the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MKO). General background on this is given here in The Guardian. Michael Axworthy, former head of the Iran section in the British Foreign Office wrote in March's Prospect ('Iranian rebels' - subscription only): 
The MKO, which also describes itself as the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) [..] is one of the more egregious terrorist organisations in existence. From time to time it scores a new propaganda success by taking in people with little knowledge of Iranian politics. The Telegraph leader asserted that Britain had in the past treated the MKO as a terrorist organisation in order to appease the current hardline leadership of Iran. In fact, Britain, the EU and the US have condemned them as terrorists, because... they are terrorists.


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